Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of compression of what is known as the median nerve. The median nerve is located at the base of a person’s hand, directly above the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome develops as the result of repetitive movements of the hands and wrist. This oftentimes occurs as the result of the performance of certain job duties. Construction workers in Minnesota and elsewhere are deemed particularly susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome due to stresses placed on their hands and wrists as the result of the performance of a number of different types of job tasks.
Construction tasks that contribute to the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome
Workers’ compensation benefits can be available when people in several occupations are performing tasks that give rise to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. There are a number of factors found at construction sites in particular that contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, and they include:
- Repetitive hand movements caused by such activities as using hammers and other manual tools
- A strain on a worker’s muscles and tendons attached to the carpal tunnel
- The use of vibrating tools
- Sustained postures or positioning that involves the wrist being bent forward or backward for more extended periods of time
- The use of hands in other awkward positions
If you developed carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of your work at a construction site, you have important legal rights that need to be protected and asserted. Many people who find themselves in such a position avail themselves of the assistance of an experienced attorney when preparing and submitting their claim for workers’ compensation benefits.